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My T Cross is due its first service next month as one year old. I spoke to my VW dealer thinking that a 2 yr service plan would be cheapest but it has worked out cheaper paying for first service and then taking out a plan for second and subsequent services. I gulped when he said £176 for first service which I think only involves an oil change. I have only done 3000 miles. Sounds extortionate to me so may go to my old one man band garage who used to service my old Audi. However, would this affect any future sale value through records etc.

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All they do is an oil change and check the car over, it's a rip off at that price. Mine was free as part of the PCP purchase deal, which I got out of in the first month. It pays to stick with the VW stealer whilst the car is under warranty.
 

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A non franchise vw specialist might be an option. Saved a fortune with my old Volvo, and they used genuine parts and were very helpful. Just a thought.
 

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Note VW now have electronic service records, no physics, book. So having it done elsewhere you'd have an incomplete service record when coming to sell it.
 

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Thanks for comments. So what have other T Cross users been charged for their first service? The best I can find -- from an independent VW garage is £150 inc VAT which still sounds a lot to me for basically an oil change and filter or am I out of touch with latest charges? Also, what other checks if any would you expect during this first service.

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Materials cost is just a part of the bill, Labour cost are High these days, but have to cover all the costs of employing the mechanic and keeping the garage. VW garages are a clean environment so you do get a neat job. They also check over the car underneath and report tyres, brakes etc. They also have cost for disposables like the old oil and protective materials they use like seat covers.

You can't compare with how cheaply you could do it at home.
 

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Note VW now have electronic service records, no physics, book. So having it done elsewhere you'd have an incomplete service record when coming to sell it.
That's interesting. Here in Australia it is law that a vehicle's log book service can be performed by ANY mechanic and it will not in any way affect its warranty. If there is no way to properly record the service if done by a 3rd party I wonder how that plays out if I have to take it back to the dealer (god forbid) after having it serviced by my local mechanic.
 

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Note VW now have electronic service records, no physics, book. So having it done elsewhere you'd have an incomplete service record when coming to sell it.
That's interesting. Here in Australia it is law that a vehicle's log book service can be performed by ANY mechanic and it will not in any way affect its warranty. If there is no way to properly record the service if done by a 3rd party I wonder how that plays out if I have to take it back to the dealer (god forbid) after having it serviced by my local mechanic.
Absolutely, That's the biggest issue. I did ask for a service log book when we collected ours, but none was forthcoming and due to covid haven't been able to pursue.

I don't trust the electronic registering as, on my Tiguan I had it serviced by the selling main dealer every year 2016, 2017 2018, and 2019. However checking the car service history on the VW my owners (before they changed the website, don't know if it's still possible now) VW records only the 2016 and 2018 services. Fortunately I had a physical book for the Tig, and I've got the invoices as proof. I guess keeping the invoices will be the only way if you have the new cars serviced independently.
 

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In here the car gets it's first service after two years or 30000km which ever comes first.
I'm a bit worried though, should I still make the first service earlier?
Well, I have had few other types of VW before, with that time and mileage (or is that called kiloage) with no problems.
Usually I catch the kilometers first.

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All they do is an oil change and check the car over, it's a rip off at that price. Mine was free as part of the PCP purchase deal, which I got out of in the first month. It pays to stick with the VW stealer whilst the car is under warranty.
How do you get out of PCP deal? Just pay the full amount off at once?
Also, if you got out of it in the first month, did you still get free service one year after even though you were not on PCP any more?
 

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They are separate - I took the PCP to get the discounts. If you pay it off within 14 days, no reason necessary, it's your 'right to withdraw''

The servicing remains. I had a sep document for that
 

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They are separate - I took the PCP to get the discounts. If you pay it off within 14 days, no reason necessary, it's your 'right to withdraw''

The servicing remains. I had a sep document for that
Yes as Ffiscool says buy using the PCP agreement and pay it all off within a month, pay a very small interest charge for that period without loss of any of the deals on offer under the agreement.
 

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If you are within travelling distance of Sheffield I can recommend Autohausdolby (https://www.autohausdolby.co.uk/services-vw-seat-audi-and-skoda-passenger-cars/) They use genuine VW parts and are very competitive. Fully covid compliant and in a superb clean/tidy environment - brand new premises. Digital service details updated (if you have "We connect go" you will see the change in when next service is due).
 

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I know that I am replying a bit late. I am writing from Malta, whereby mostly its city driving, slow speeds and heavy traffic. My t-cross is now 2 months old. The volkswagen dealership here told me that I need to get my first service which is mostly an oil change after 8000km or 1 year. I I also have free labour for the first service.
 

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Note VW now have electronic service records, no physics, book. So having it done elsewhere you'd have an incomplete service record when coming to sell it.
No you won't. You will have a paper based service record. What you may wish to check is whether your finance arrangement and future promised resale value had any obligation on you to use VW servicing facilities.
 

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Geez, I said that 18 months back! I guess you mean a paper based record you would have from the independent, that you would have to keep safe and hand over at resale. The record VW will have won't show this work that's been done.
 

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Whether you said it 18 months back or 18 minutes ago is irrelevant the fact remains servicing your car at a non vw franchised service centre does not leave you with an "incomplete service record". In many ways retaining a paper based maintenance record would offer more flexibility at the point of resale; consider that any non franchised VW buyer will not have access to the electronic copy either. I hold both , electronic and paper record of servicing activity; if then at trade in I chose to trade in at Volvo, Ford, Bently, Dacia or uncle Bob's garage down the road I can present a full service record. Bada Boo, Bada Bee, Bada Bing ;)
 

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To quote "You are of course entitled to your opinion others including myself will differ. Any additional information added to address the OPs original topic can only add to the knowledge content of the thread and that is surely why we are here. Not really sure why you fear that. Like I said , you are entitled to your opinion as I am to dismiss it.;) "
 
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